From Our Pastor
As we entered 2017, my word for the year was “ANTICIPATION.” After watching God move mightily during the first 5 years of our church, I just felt that it was time to begin anticipating that God had a great plan for JCI to fulfill our mission “to exist to see people far from God become passionate Christians who make a difference in the world.” Not even I could have anticipated what God would do.
In Acts 1:8, God told the apostles that “they would receive power…and they would be witnesses to the impact of Jesus through that power.” This ministry report is a witness of the power of Jesus at work in our church. We cannot claim the credit, nor would we even try. However, we have “witnessed” God moving, and we cannot be silent about that. In 2017, we witnessed 800 spiritual decisions, 107 baptisms, we saw over 1,000 people volunteer at JCI and more than 700 serve our community through our “JCI Love Week,” we adopted a village in Guatemala to transform, and we invested nearly $300,000 in Missions.
God is moving at JCI! But God always uses people to accomplish his mission, so I want to say “Thank You” to those of you who are making our ministry possible. More than 1000 families contributed to the mission and vision of Journey through their tithes and offerings last year, allowing us to invest a record number in Missions while funding the vision to minister well to people in our community and city. Thank you for your generosity – it’s making a huge difference around the world.
Rejoice with me as we celebrate the power of God we witnessed at JCI in 2017 – and let’s be committed to see it happen again in 2018!
Unique Persons in Serve/Connect/Care/Grow Groups
Growth Increase in Groups
By Ministry Area
Average Weekly Volunteers
Website+App Video Views
Growth in Followers
Countries Accessed Website
Facebook Video Views
Website Unique Visitors
Mobile App Downloads
Podcast Streams + Downloads
One of our core beliefs at JCI is that “We believe in generosity because you cannot out give God.” A review of 2017, from a financial perspective, only adds to the validity of that belief. At the end of 2016, our Finance Team made a suggestion that we increase our percentage of money that JCI “gives” or invests into Church Planting, Global Impact, and Local Impact from 12% to 15%. This step of faith was one of about $60,000 over the course of the year. Through the faithful giving of our people, God responded by allowing us to end our year of general offering about 32% higher than the previous year. You simply CANNOT out give God.
We strive to practice great stewardship as a church. I am grateful for our Finance Team that oversees and holds our staff accountable to maintain the best standards for our finances. In addition, we have great external accountability from our outsourced accounting firm as well as an independent consultant with over 20 years of church finance experience.
I am truly grateful for your generosity that is funding the mission that God has given to JCI! Thank you for your part in making 2017 the strongest year of giving in the history of our young and growing church!
Invested Into Church Planting
Invested Into Local Missions
Invested Into Global Missions
LOVE WEEK 2017
Love Week Projects
Donation Sorting & Delivery Locations
Love Week Volunteers
Hours Served in Our Community
NEW GLOBAL IMPACT INITIATIVES ANNOUNCED IN 2017
Hurricane Harvey Relief in Houston
Total Village Transformation Project in Guatemala
In 2017, Journey was able to support ministry causes in the following countries through financial support and/or global impact trips.
Invested Into Local and Global Missions
People Served on Global Impact Trips